Building a Smarter Planet through an Intelligent Internet of Things

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horizonwatchingIBM’s Smarter Planet initiative turns six years old this fall, and the vision painted back then is now becoming reality every single day, thanks in part to the movement toward the Internet of Things.   However, you can have an Internet of Things that is not necessarily smart (as you’ll read later).

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Cloud and the broker CIO. A discussion with Frank DeGilio, Chief Architect for Cloud

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Steve Rogers - Director, IBM Center for Applied InsightsA few months ago, Steve Rogers, Director of the IBM Center for Applied Insights, had a great discussion with Frank DiGilio, Distinguished Engineer and Chief Architect for IBM Cloud about how incorporating Cloud as a strategy can give businesses a competitive advantage. Last week we shared their discussion about collaboration. Today, we’re focusing on the CIO.

 

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Leslieanne John Interview: P-TECH, President Obama, and IBM CAI

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Leslieanne John, P-TECH student and summer intern for IBM Center for Applied Insights
Leslieanne John, P-TECH student & IBM CAI intern

“Leslie Anne John epitomizes what an education like P-TECH’s can achieve.  [She's] in the 11th grade and already taking eight college classes” – President Barack Obama

Leslieanne John is a third-year student at P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) who garnered the attention of President Barack Obama during his visit to the school last year.  She is an accomplished young lady who hopes to become a lawyer in the future.  For her summer break this year, she is interning with the IBM Center for Applied Insights (IBM CAI), where she hopes to gain more knowledge in the technology field.  She will be conducting a series of executive interview blog posts for IBM CAI exploring topics such as technical skills necessary for business today, addressing technical skills gaps and preparing students for the future, and how technology integrates with education.

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Cloud leaders, BYOD and new ways of working. A discussion with Frank DeGilio, Chief Architect for Cloud

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Steve Rogers - Director, IBM Center for Applied InsightsA few months ago, Steve Rogers, Director of the IBM Center for Applied Insights, had a great discussion with Frank DiGilio, Distinguished Engineer and Chief Architect for IBM Cloud about how incorporating Cloud as a strategy can give businesses a competitive advantage. We’ll share excerpts and audio files of their conversation over the coming weeks.

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The next phase of the Internet: The Internet of Things

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horizonwatchingEarly phases of the Internet included connecting people to static information and more recently, people to people.   Over the next decade, the Internet will evolve to connect people to physical things and also physical things to other physical things …all in real time. It will become the Internet of Things:  Billions of interconnected smart devices measuring, moving, and acting upon, sometimes independently, all the bits of data that make up daily life.

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IBM CAI Global Cloud Study Mentioned in Forbes

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cai in the news2The IBM Center for Applied Insights Global Cloud study was mentioned in this recent Forbes article about how the next phase of cloud computing is shifting from an IT to a business focus.  Cloud computing has been well established as an IT solution, with key advantages that are fairly easy to measure such as cost savings, efficiency gains, etc.  However, measuring value to the business becomes a bit trickier.  The IBM Center for Applied Insights Global Cloud study established data on some of the business advantages of cloud such deriving insights for better decisions, strategic reinvention of customer relationships, and deeper collaboration. Read the rest of this entry »

[INFOGRAPHIC] Fighting Hunger… One Infographic at a Time

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WSCAH Hack Pack Infographic-medAt the IBM Center for Applied Insights, we could probably create data visualizations, infographics, and datagrams in our sleep. Cloud Pacesetters? Marketing Scientists? Chief Information Security Officers? No problem. But this week, we faced an exciting new challenge. Along with our broader Market Insights team, we participated in “Hack Week”, a competition to create the best infographic for a great cause, the West Side Campaign Against Hunger (WSCAH).

A bit about the cause – West Side Campaign Against Hunger’s mission is to alleviate hunger and create a culture that promotes self-reliance and works for change. The WSCAH food pantry, located in New York City’s Upper West Side, is unique – it is a customer-choice, supermarket style pantry. Clients choose the food they need for themselves and their families and also volunteer at the pantry, creating a cooperative system. In 2013, WSCAH served 1 million meals to 115,000 people. Read the rest of this entry »